Day one of Season Two of the Pro League included over seven hours of exciting professional Call of Duty: Ghosts action. A couple of interesting notes were that FaZe Red were forced to play with substitutes due to the absence of both Replays and Classic. Additionally, some controversy took place when Team Kaliber were forced to play almost an entire side of domination without Apathy despite the fact that they had the lead in the map. Erupt Gaming opted to not end the game once Apathy dropped and thus Kaliber ultimately lost the series overall 3-1.
A lot of drama sparked from this, and I believe it is an early indication of what is liable to happen in Season Two of the Pro League. These teams are playing for their future as the rules and regulations place a heavy emphasis on doing well for the duration of Season Two. If your team does not finish within the top 8, you will not be able to compete in the championship bracket for $70,000 dollars when the action has its finale at MLG Anaheim. Teams will be playing with a lot of energy and are ultimately playing for the position that they all hope to maintain, but only eight of them will. The other four who do not qualify will hope to find success in the open bracket at MLG Anaheim. With all this being said, would you have ended the game had you been put in Erupt Gaming’s position? Vote for what you would’ve done in the poll below.
(12) Erupt Gaming defeated (3) Curse Orange 3-1
(4) Tean EnVyUs defeated (6) Team Kaliber 3-2
(12) Erupt Gaming defeated (6) Team Kaliber 3-1
(4) Team EnVyUs defeated (5) FaZe Red* 3-2
(3) Curse Orange defeated (11) VexX Gaming 3-0
(8) FaZe Black defeated (5) FaZe Red* 3-0
(2) Strictly Business defeated (11) VexX Gaming 3-1
(8) FaZe Black defeated (9) Curse Black 3-1
The roster craze is over, for now. A lot happened in the past 48 hours and I’m sure that I wasn’t the only one with a head spinning nearly off of my shoulders by the end of it. The amount of team changes that took place is unheard of, and I do believe this was the most ridiculous roster scramble in a long time for the competitive Call of Duty scene. Once the first roster change happened, there were so many that came after the first and it was difficult to keep track of. It’s sort of a bittersweet aspect of this community. The excitement of seeing so many new rosters is definitely there, but it really gets to be ridiculous when you see one or two players jumping from team to team. This is ultimately a drawback for the competitive COD scene. The refreshing thing to consider is that Major League Gaming is clearly trying to encourage players to stay with their organizations even through a bad placement. With more rules and guidelines, I’m sure that the outlook for competitive Call of Duty will be positive.
OpTic Gaming – Nadeshot, Proofy, Clayster, and Scump
- Proofy came over from FaZe Black.
- MBoZe moved to OpTic Nation.
I am going to start this off by saying that OpTic easily won the roster scramble. They picked up a slayer and a play-maker in Proofy, and formed a roster that can certainly give Complexity a run for their money. Under no circumstance is MBoZe an sub-par player, but the reality is that to be successful in Ghosts, you need slayers on your team. Complexity has ACHES, Karma, and Crimsix as their slayers. These are arguably the best slayers in the game. When the situation calls for it, TeePee can hang and slay with the best of them. Proofy is an excellent addition to this team and I truly believe we will see OpTic competing against Complexity soon in some invigorating matches in the near-future.
OpTic Nation – MBoZe, Killa, MirX, and Ricky
- MBoZe moved over from the OpTic Gaming roster.
- Killa and MirX came over from JustUs Pro.
- Ricky came over from Strictly Business.
Upon the announcement of this roster I was indifferent about it. Considering the fallout of Curse Las Vegas, I was surprised to learn that three out of the four players from that team would reunite on the OpTic Nation roster. Now this team is not a part of the MLG Call of Duty Pro League Season Two, so there’s some room for flexibility here. I personally feel that this team will be excellent at Search and Destroy and with Killa on board, they will be able to develop effective strategies for respawn gametypes.
Team EnVyUs – Merk, Nameless, Studyy, and Parasite
- Rambo moved to coaching role.
- Parasite joined after leaving FaZe Black.
The would be final roster for EnVy resulted in the strangest acquisition I’ve seen in a while. At the beginning of the roster craze, Parasite was released from Curse’s primary team. Parasite decided that the best decision for his career was to join FaZe Black where he would comfortably hold a Pro League spot, and will play with a consistent group of players. Not long after EnVyUs announced their decision to move Rambo, they picked up Parasite as their fourth player for the league and into the future. I don’t know how I feel about this roster. Rambo was a play-maker for the former EnVyUs roster. He may not have flourished in the slaying department, but he had some of the strongest objective statistics from Season One of the Pro League. I understand Parasite is a great player, but Rambo had a dedication to nV that was clear, and releasing him came as a shock to me.
Strictly Business – Spacely, John, Methodz, and Stainville
- Ricky leaves to join OpTic Nation.
- Stainville acquired after leaving JustUs Pro.
An overwhelming amount of roster changes went down in the past twenty-four hours in the competitive Call of Duty scene. I’m going to be doing a more in-depth look at the new rosters and all of the happenings, but for now I will provide the roster changes and such with a small recap of how each roster change took place. These roster changes have a lot to do with the upcoming MLG Call of Duty: Ghosts Pro League Season Two roster rules. These roster changes are now updated to accommodate for the roster lock.
Team EnVyUs – Merk, Parasite, Studyy, and Nameless
- Rambo was moved over to a coaching role against his best wishes. He had been posting via Twitter his excitement for his future as a player with Team EnVyUs, but was pressured into the coaching position. Parasite then left FaZe Black after just a few hours and capitalized on an opportunity to play alongside the EnVyUs team.
Curse #1 – Tipsy, Enable, Burnsoff, and Mochila
- Parasite announced earlier today that he was released from the Curse organization. This resulted in Burnsoff being transferred over from what was previously known as the Curse Fire team. As of right now this is the only Curse team involved in Season Two of the Pro League.
Curse #2 – Muddawg, Miyagi, Crowster, and Attach
- Curse was really backed up against a wall after the release of Parasite. They had to converge the Curse Fire and Curse Youth rosters into one. This resulted in the release of Sin, Realize, and Diabolic. As of right now the second Curse team DOES NOT have a spot in Season Two of the Pro League.
OpTic Gaming – Nadeshot, Scump, Clayster, and Proofy
- An announcement was made earlier via Twitter that MBoZe will be replaced by Proofy coming from the FaZe Black team. OpTic H3CZ also announced that MBoZe would remain under the OpTic banner and will be leading the newly reformed OpTic Nation team.
OpTic Nation – MBoZe, Ricky, MirX, Killa
- Without a roster lock until 5 PM Eastern today, there’s no telling what scrambling will happen with another OpTic team lurking. As of right now the OpTic Nation team will not have a place in Season Two of the Pro League. This would mean MBoZe would have to lead his team through the open bracket at MLG Anaheim.
- As of 2:30 PM Eastern; Killa, Ricky, MirX, and MBoZe are now a part of OpTic Nation. Killa and MirX came over from JustUs, and Ricky came over from Strictly Business.
Match 3 of day 2 had FaZe going up against Team EnVyUs in losers bracket play. The first match between these two teams was Domination on Freight, which was won by a score of 163-130 in favor of FaZe. The two teams then proceeded to Search and Destroy on Sovereign where Team EnVyUs was able to even up the series with a 6-5 victory. After splitting the series, FaZe would go on to take a dominating win in game three which was Blitz on Freight to shift the series back in their favor. Game four was Domination on Sovereign where Team EnVyUs was able to pull out a nail biter one-point victory which evened the series once again. The map count was 2-2 and FaZe vs. Team EnVyUs would go to the final Search and Destory map. Team EnVyUs was able to ride the momentum of the closely contested Domination game and ultimately won Search and Destroy on Warhawk by a score of 6-2. Team EnVyUs sent FaZe home with this victory and advanced in the losers bracket.
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